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Embury (Propeller), U5715, fire, 4 Dec 1903

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North Tonawanda, Dec. 5. -- The steamer EMBURY, owned by Boggs & Martin of Cheboygan, Mich., and laden with 100,000 feet of hemlock lumber and 200,000 hemlock lath, for Thompson, Hubeman & Fisher, and 400,000 lath for W. G. Palmer, of this city, was destroyed with its cargo, by fire last night on the Grand Island shore, near Eldorado Beach. The cargo was valued at $3,500 and the vessel $20,000. Both were insured.
      The EMBURY and barges JOHNSON and KING were coming down the river shortly after 7 o'clock, when the fire was seen issuing from the forecastle.
      The crew of 11 men including Capt. Curran began fighting the blaze with buckets, but the blaze gained rapidly. When it became evident that the boat and cargo could not be saved Capt. Curran blew for help and ran his boat towards the Grand Island shore, beaching her. The crew barely had time to lower a boat and get ashore, before the vessel was enveloped in flames from bow to stern. Some of them were badly blistered.
      The tugs TONAWANDA, BELLINGER and DAVITT put out to the assistance of the fleet and took charge of the JOHNSON and KING which had been cut loose from the EMBURY and were floating helplessly down stream. The EMBURY burned all night, many people being attracted by the spectacular sight.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, December 5, 1903

North Tonawanda, April 14. - The steam yacht LILLIE & MAY, containing its owner, Mr. Moyer, who conducts a hotel at Black Rock, his son and three other men whose names could not be learned here, struck the sunken hull of the steamer EMBURY, burned on the Grand Island side of the East Channel of the Niagara River, a short distance above Eldorado Beach last summer, and became stranded about 10 o'clock last night.
      Signals of distress were blown and the Tonawanda and Grand Island ferry tug HARRISON responded and pulled the yacht from the wreck. Considerable ice was running in the river at the time and Mr. Moyer's son, who was at the wheel, did not discern the wreck of the EMBURY until upon it. The yacht tied up at the ferry landing here until daylight when it proceeded to Black Rock.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, April 14, 1904

      North Tonawanda, May 20 - William Anderson of Detroit, a diver, made an examination of the hull of the burned stm. EMBURY which lies in Niagara River abreast of Electric Park today, preparatory to removing it, according to government orders. The machinery was taken out last year.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 21, 1907 9-3

      North Tonawanda, May 27 - The tug TRENTON and a scow are being used by the Buffalo Wrecking Co. in raising the old sunken stm. EMBURY, which was burned in the Niagara River 3 years ago.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 28, 1907 9-3

      North Tonawanda, June 9 - The work of removing the burned hull of the stm. EMBURY which sunk 3 years ago above Electric Park on Grand Island shore will be completed this week. The dynamiting of the sunken hull has been causing much havoc to the fish in the upper river. Considerable wreckage has been floating down the river and the marine men claim that a large piece of the old vessel is now laying in the channel off the head of Tonawanda Island.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 10, 1907 8-3

      North Tonawanda, June 28 - Much complaint is heard among marine men here owing to the manner in which the government is now removing the hull of the old stm. EMBURY from the Niagara River.
      The wreck was disturbed a few weeks ago from its resting place on the beach of Grand Island by a gang of wreckers who took out the machinery, dynamited the hull and left the pieces laying around.
      The result is that portions are floating into the river channel. Four vessels have already struck, with damage, and suits will probably result. A high wind will raise the water and make the whole outfit a menace to navigation.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 29, 1907 11-1

Steam screw EMBURY.* U.S. No. 5719. Of 373 tons gross; 279 tons net. Built at Gibraltar, Mich., in 1869. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 158.7 x 30.2 x 11.4
      *Formerly steam screw COLIN CAMPBELL.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1901

      COLIN CAMPBELL.* Built 1869 Bulk Propeller - Wood
      U. S. No. 5719 373 gt - 279 nt 158' x 30' x 11'
      * Renamed (b) EMBURY - US - 1901
      Burned at Grand island, N.Y., on December 4, 1903
      Toledo Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Embury (Propeller), U5715, fire, 4 Dec 1903